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Chelsea Joefield joins WWU Ethnic Student Center as club advisor and program manager

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Club leaders and students in Western’s Ethnic Student Center will have a new go-to person on campus, as Chelsea Joefield has joined WWU as the ESC club advisor and program manager.

As a recent Western graduate who worked in several positions on campus during her studies, Joefield brings valuable perspective and experience to this new position on campus. She spoke to Western Today about the job and shared her goals for supporting and engaging students as she gets started in the role, including streamlining access to resources, increasing engagement for new students and evaluating student social needs.

Read our Q & A with Joefield here.

WWU to host Disability Studies and Action Collaborative UnConference Oct. 22-23

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Western's Institute for Critical Disability Studies will be hosting the second-annual Disability Studies and Action Collaborative UnConference on Oct. 22 and 23 this year. This two-day event will be hosted at Western and will be open to face-to-face and remote digital participation. Please visit the DSAC UnConference webpage to access the full event description and application form. Applications are due Aug. 12, 2022. 

Everyone who participates in the event will take part in two days of programming. On the first day, people will be put into working groups to discuss important issues related to disability, access, and action, including workshops and discussions in small and large groups. On the second day, participants will give long or short presentations and have dialogs about scholarly, professional, and personal projects and experiences. Coaching will be available for those who want some extra support in preparing and giving their presentations. 

All are welcome to apply for the UnConference, including college students, faculty, and staff; members of the nonprofit, private, and public sectors; educators; artists; and activists. Conference organizers are particularly interested in welcoming participants who are disabled or members of other marginalized populations, including BIPOC, queer, or gender nonconforming people. The UnConference has a participation fee on a sliding scale from $0 to $250. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to the UnConference organizers at, or you can reach the WWU Institute for Critical Disability Studies interim co-directors Andrew and GIM at

Meet the 2022 Outstanding Graduates from the CHSS Humanities Division

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More than 60 Western Washington University students and graduates received Outstanding Graduate honors for the 2021-22 academic year.

Faculty members from dozens of academic departments and programs select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the year. Selection is a high honor based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future.

The Outstanding Graduates from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Humanities Division include:

Kai Broach, English - Creative Writing
Madisen Palomares, English Literature
Reece Carpenter, German
Kaleigh Carroll, Journalism
Alea Kirby, French
Bryce Rosenwald, Philosophy
Sylvia Cohen, Spanish
Tanner Sprankle, History
Natalie Tietz, East Asian Studies
Rylee Tuttle, Communication Studies
Emma Wansley, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Learn more about the Outstanding Graduates from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Humanities Division here.

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National Weather Services issues Heat Advisory Tuesday through Friday

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A Heat Advisory has been issued from noon Tuesday, July 26, through 10 p.m. Friday, July 29, with temperatures in the 90s and lows in the mid-60s. EHS would like to remind the campus to stay well hydrated and avoid extended time in the sun. Certain jobs on campus have specific rules for working in the heat. If this applies to you, you should already have appropriate training. If you are not sure if this applies to you, ask your supervisor. If you have questions, please contact EHS at (360) 650-3064 or
Where can I cool down? In general, the lower floors of campus buildings, especially those below ground, will be cooler. A few buildings on campus have air conditioning including Haggard Hall, the new Interdisciplinary Science Building, and the VU Multipurpose Room (except during a scheduled event). Check the listing of building hours to see when they are open. 

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Due to low numbers of students and employees on campus during the summer, the Voluntary Employee Testing Program has been terminated for the summer. Please visit the COVID-19 Health and Safety webpage for employee testing recommendations and options.
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COVID cases by building - daily update

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Click on the image to see the full list of positive coronavirus cases reported by building, or go here:  Campus Buildings with Confirmed Positive Cases Reported. This data is updated each weekday; the site has a full list of building abbreviations as well.
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